Top 3 reasons you have earwigs & the 7 links to get rid of them

I get tons of e-mails on the subject of earwigs and the comment sections at the bottom of all my articles are chock full of people asking advice or explaining their dilemmas with this pincer beast. So many people are perplexed as to why they have earwigs showing up inside their homes and how everything they try seems to be ineffective. In my business I’m paid to solve problems but so many of the fixes I come up with involve little or no chemicals at all. With earwigs it is often the case that just a few modifications will dramatically reduce this demon from hells, (not my words but an e-mailers) presence that you too, may just need a little spray job rather than the 100 gallon all out assault you were planning on. The top 3 reasons are;

#3 Light; Did you know that earwigs are attracted to it? Seems funny since they are nocturnal and spend all day hiding out in a dark secluded place. If you have lights going all night or your windows and doors are leaking light the chances are that the earwig is going to be drawn to it and find it’s way in. Proper outdoor lighting will help curb the curious earwig. For more info on lighting look here and here’s a good one too.

#2 Places to hide outside; Earwigs like to spend their day time hours resting in a cool dark and damp place. This could be under the mulch,
in a potted plant, under the welcome mat or any of the many decorative landscaping items we put around our home. While it may be difficult or undesirable to get rid of something like your favorite garden gnome that guards the door it may be wise to reduce at least some hiding areas. Excess or rotting mulch should be scraped away, potted plants flat on the ground could be slightly elevated with bricks or even a new welcome mat to replace the old thick flat one that holds so much moisture underneath it. Each house is different and you really just need to take a look around and see what it is you could change to give the earwig less choices of a comfortable respite. For more on reducing their hiding spots check this out and this is a must read as well.

#1 Control the moisture; As with so many pests earwigs thrive best in moist conditions. While I agree it is very difficult to do this outside, there are still some positive steps you can take to make your home less earwig friendly. Dripping spigots, heavy mulch, clogged gutters, tall grass next to the foundation, a/c drip lines, moist basements and even bowls of water set outside for the pets provide the coziest situations for the moisture loving earwig. Take the necessary steps to evaluate where they are getting this precious life giving liquid and you’ll achieve the fastest results in controlling them. While it may be as simple as rerouting the water or plugging in a dehumidifier some moist conditions can’t be helped. If this is the case then at least you know this is an area that will need some traditional pest control
applied. For some ideas and treatment techniques look at this link. For moisture tips how about this? To see all my earwig articles follow this link and be sure to check out the comment sections.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.
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  • Cyndi Henry

    Please include me on your email list. Thanks

  • Cyndi Henry

    Please include me on your email list. Thanks

  • The Bug Doctor

    I will do that.
    Thanks for reading

    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    I will do that.
    Thanks for reading

    The Bug Doctor

  • Valerieduddy

    thank you for ur page it has helped a lot but can u tell me why im getting them in the month of november please iv done everything that has been suggested and im still getting them its driving me and every1 elase in the house MAD by the way i live in northern ireland if thats a help thank you very very much 4 the help 

  • If it’s not yet been a hard freeze they can and do linger. Earwigs over-winter instead of hibernate and it seems triggers by the weather more than a time line. Since they wander in from outside, my guess is you have them in abundance on the exterior and now maybe inside the walls or wherever the moisture (or a cool dark place) is that gives them protection and keeps them in the moist environment they have to have. Look for the moisture and you’ll find your earwigs–dry it out or apply Delta dust to the area and you’ll go a long way in reducing these critters.

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog.

  • Kat the unlucky :@

    Sorry on iphone so my typing isnt so detailed.I heard a scratching chewing, in my ear. I was sure it was a bug but it would stop sometimes. I had this prob for I while so I called the doctors it’s mucus draining” your paranoid there’s nothing…. So I just tried not thinking about it. It would come and go then started to seem like it wouldn’t stop. Last night it was so bad I couldn’t sleep then this morning I know I prob should have used something else but I used the end of tweezers to try to scoop ear wax or whatever out the first time was ear wax but the next time.. It was a bug! I flipped I didn’t know what it was I showed my husband it looked like half a bug and I could still hear it. I was wondering what it was so I looked online aand found this site nd saved the bug gross but just incase I need to show to a doctor etc. after I put hydrogen peroxide to clean it out then after water . My story is true!! U can ask me
    Bug Doctor my question is can I have any eggs in there now and I had vertigo could this bug cause it?? I still seem to have a lit noise in there lit scratching. I’m that unlucky person but so happy it’s finally gone! And I’m not crazy thank god! Lastingerboy@yahoo.com write earwig so I know it’s not spam it’s true ask me.

  • Kat the unlucky :@

    Now the chewing is back omg what do I do now

  • How did the Doctor miss that???? I’d first switch to a new one– As far as eggs–I guess anythings possible but don’t take any stock in the old myth. and for vertigo???? you’d have to ask a medical doctor as I don’t know how that is triggered….

  • I’d look for a more thorough physician and (not to sound mean) don’t discount the fact that you were pretty upset with this episode and it very well could be your mind (fear) playing tricks on you… Please, go see a different Doc or ask the original one to scope it out better. You shouldn’t have to live with the fear of this.

  • Kat the unlucky :@

    Hi The Bug Doctor, its “kat the unlucky. you can email me with any questions katfeetinthesand@gmail.com. I never received an email on my other account so I figured people thought I was crazy. I forgot about this site until it randomly pulled it up on my phone. So sorry for the late reply.

  • Guest

    I live in a townhome type place and there are a couple other families living in the same building. There;s a light on the corner of the building that’s always on at night and it seems there’s no way for me to personally turn it off. It attracts bugs like crazy and I’m sure it does not help my earwig problem. I never see many of them, thank god, but I do see maybe two at a time near my guinea pig’s cage. There was one on my desk earlier and it scared the hell out of me. It ran out of nowhere. Of course my bedroom is right across from the bathroom. I’ve never been able to accurately figure out where they come in from, please help me

  • As I wrote about- moisture is where your search needs to go. Both inside and out. Follow the other 6 links and it inspect or think about your house as you read along. I’m sure something make spark an idea. If not–It may be time to get a pro out to have ‘eyes’ on the situation.